Was sick of seeing it sat around doing nothing, so I decided to move it around for a bit. The starter motor isn't too well and needs replacing, however it does catch eventually. Stuck a jump start pack on it and it caught on about the 3rd go, stalled it on the way out as most of the exhaust is missing, but the pack was connected again and it fired up once more. Still runs and drives nice, at least until I turned the lights on, stalling it out completely. I then completely drained the jump pack after about 100 goes attempting to start it again. Boo!
So it was shoved back to where it was and the starter motor was later replaced with a cheap new old stock one I'd got ages ago. I left this in the hands of an actual mechanic as I couldn't be bothered - good job I did as it was meant to be quite a task. Still, it's done now.
Then some work was done undoing the shabby appearance. The doors had that weird black glue on where the rubbing strips once were and it has been bothering me for ages. I've had little success with anything I've tried. However, I decided that since there were a few brush painted bits in the general area I may as well just get the sandpaper out and repaint the door bottoms entirely. Whilst I was feeling motivated, I also sanded down the A-Pillar to finally dispatch some baked-on duct tape.
As you can also see I also took a wheel off and repainted it, only done with a combination of sandpaper, filler primer, wheel silver and masking tape but I'm happy enough with it, put the time in and it came out nice enough. Note the addition of a centre cap - they're actually for a MK1 RX-7 but they fit and look nice, sourced from the US quite cheaply. Only 4 to go (can't forget the spare).
Still a way to go yet - that's just one side and after that the rear quarter bottoms require welding up and an entire exhaust system to be bought and fitted before it goes anywhere near an MOT certificate. Then more fun things can be done like painting/fitting the aforementioned nosecone (which is in the back with some other nice bits).
Despite all the things left to do, I've got a good feeling about this car, it feels quite tight mechanically and it is fairly low mileage. Just got to keep at it, then I can reap the rewards I guess.